Although the U.S. Department of Homeland Security offered Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan “a very fulsome apology” after denying him entry to the country last year, the author’s current visa “took nine months to obtain” and came through only hours before he was set to depart for a U.S. tour to promote his latest novel, Saturday. McEwan told Reuters:
Once you have been refused entry to the States, you go into the computer and you are regarded with suspicion…. It is a matter of enormous irritation.”
I only got in this time by the skin of my teeth. This could well be the very last time I ever get in….